Landscaping Tips to Boost Your Curb Appeal

Landscaping Tips to Boost Your Curb Appeal

When it comes to selling your property, a little curb appeal can go a long way. The thing is that many sellers, or even casual property owners, will skip out on the landscaping for fear of having to invest significant time or resources. With that in mind, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Basic landscaping does not need to be difficult or expensive! These easy and affordable DIY ideas can help any homeowner transform their yard from bland to beautiful in just one weekend.

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All Generations Believe Renting Is More Affordable Than Owning—Even Though It’s Not True

All Generations Believe Renting Is More Affordable Than Owning—Even Though It’s Not True

The misconception that renting is more affordable than homeownership is not only costing renters of every generation money, it’s also costing them the ability to own their own home. If you’ve been renting because you believe it’s saving you money—no matter how old you are—it’s time to look at the facts, reevaluate your situation, and consider transitioning to homeownership.

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Andrew Paugh Earns NAR Pricing Strategy Advisor Certification

Andrew Paugh Earns NAR Pricing Strategy Advisor Certification

Mount Pleasant, SC 02/19/2019 — Andrew Paugh with Carolina One Real Estate has earned the nationally recognized Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the PSA certification to REALTORS® as determining property values depends more than ever on professional expertise and competence, the best use of technology, and a commitment to approach the pricing assignment from various perspectives.

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More Than 19 Million Millennials Across the US are "Mortgage Ready"

More Than 19 Million Millennials Across the US are "Mortgage Ready"

When someone uses the term “millennials,” most people don’t immediately think of financial stability or homeownership. But according to a new study, more millennials than ever are ready, willing, and able to purchase property in today’s market.

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Development and Economic Growth in Charleston... Should We Embrace It or Resist It?

Development and Economic Growth in Charleston... Should We Embrace It or Resist It?

If we're being honest, most of us have had this conversation with our friends and loved ones over dinner at some point in the last few years. The landscape of our beloved city is changing before our eyes. We sit in traffic longer than we ever have before, our beaches seem to be so much more crowded than we remember them being "just yesterday," and we are spending more and more of our wages on rent or our mortgages. With all this development going on, should we embrace the change or resist at all costs?

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Will a Rise in Sea Levels Affect Property Values in Charleston?

Will a Rise in Sea Levels Affect Property Values in Charleston?

I recently read an article on the Axios website that discussed sea level rise and its impact on home values in the Southeast. Charleston was one of the places mentioned specifically. In the article, it reports on a study was recently conducted jointly by First Street and Columbia University that provides evidence that a potential rise in sea levels is already having an impact on home values in the Southeast, to the tune of $7.4 billion.

Initially the headline causes some feelings of panic in many of us that own homes close to the coast. But should we all sell our houses and move to Ridgeville or should we ignore the findings because, hey, we love living here and there will always be a strong housing market in Mount Pleasant and the islands? Maybe there's some middle ground that we could explore further.

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Late Summer Lawn Care Tips

Late Summer Lawn Care Tips

If you're like me, you have spent quite a bit of time getting your lawn and flowerbeds in order this summer, sometimes battling intense heat, several days of rain, or the dreaded chamberbitter infestation.

I thought I would say a few words about what I've learned about late summer lawn care as a homeowner, and things I've been taught by my friends and neighbors. I hope you find these tips to be useful!

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4 Tips for Buying a Home in a Hot Market

4 Tips for Buying a Home in a Hot Market

When a market is hot, finding and buying a home can feel like an uphill battle. In a seller’s market, homes go quickly. They can be on the market one day and gone the next. And on top of the challenge of finding a home, most homes (especially the desirable ones) have multiple offers, making it harder to get into the home of your dreams.

But buying a home in a hot market isn’t impossible! You just have to approach it strategically and stack the deck in your favor to find – and successfully buy – the right home for you and your family.

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3 Common Fears of First-Time Homebuyers... and How to Overcome Them

3 Common Fears of First-Time Homebuyers... and How to Overcome Them

If you’re thinking about purchasing a home but are dealing with the fear that comes along with it, don’t worry! You’re not alone. Most first time home-buyers deal with a certain level of fear as they get ready to buy their first home.

But that fear doesn’t have to hold you back. Here are three of the most common fears of first time home-buyers (and how you can overcome them).

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15 Before & After Photos That Prove the Power of Home Staging

15 Before & After Photos That Prove the Power of Home Staging

There’s no denying it: Homes that are staged well definitely stand out. Not only does the right amount of decluttering, organizing and accessorizing make your home more attractive, it can actually increase its value.

According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2017 Profile of Home Staging Report, about one third of buyers’ agents believe their clients are willing to offer one percent to five percent more for staged homes. What’s more, 77 percent of agents said home staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the property as their future home.

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7 Pricing Myths You Need to Get Past if You Want to Sell Your Home

7 Pricing Myths You Need to Get Past if You Want to Sell Your Home

When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between getting an offer quickly and having a house languish for months, drawing little interest.

With that in mind, it’s important that potential sellers block out a lot of the noise that often surrounds the intricate art and science of pricing. There are plenty of myths that may cause sellers to lose sleep at night as they attempt to separate fact from fiction.

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7 Debates First-Time Homebuyers Face

7 Debates First-Time Homebuyers Face

Buying your first place can be an exciting but often overwhelming experience. From finding “the one” to figuring out how you’ll pay for it, you’ll face many choices along the road to home ownership.

Before you box up your belongings and prepare to put your new welcome mat in place, you’ll have to do some serious soul searching. Let’s explore the most common decisions first-time homebuyers face.

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3 Reasons Your Real Estate Agent Wants You to Bother Them

3 Reasons Your Real Estate Agent Wants You to Bother Them

Real estate agents hear this all the time… “I wish I had called you before. But I just didn’t want to bother you. I know you’re busy…” …after it is too late.
There are times when you might feel like you shouldn’t “bother” the real estate agent you know. (Could be your friend, a neighbor, your brother-in-law, cousin, your sister…) Maybe you’re truly trying to be considerate.

But, maybe it’s because you’re not even aware that you should. Or, you just don’t want to feel obligated or pushed into doing something. (Despite what many people think, most agents are not pushy. Most are the exact opposite.)

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When You Hire a Realtor, You're Also Partnering with These 11 Pros

When You Hire a Realtor, You're Also Partnering with These 11 Pros

From striking the best deal to simplifying that often-daunting paperwork, these pros truly do and know significantly more than their job title implies. In order to maximize your value and minimize your stress level, your agent must morph into nearly a dozen different roles to get the job done.

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